Response to Visitor Feedback...
Subject: Visitor Feedback from Your Website
On being the son of a Governor
Jason, thanks for your query on my website.
You asked what was it like to be the son of Governor LeRoy Collins. In a
few short words,.....he was a lifetime of inspiration to me, as he was with
so many others. He was not a college graduate, but he was a voracious
reader of classical literature (including the Bible), wrote his own
speeches, and was the wisest person I have ever known......with impeccable
judgment. He never did/said anything I thought I could do better.....except
While he was Governor (i.e. 1955-61), I was away from home serving in the
Navy, so my visits to the Governor's Mansion were very infrequent. But when
I was there, it was not unusual for him to announce we must dress up to
greet some visitors, attend an official function as a family, and/or join
him on a trip to a very public event where we were expected to be.
While we had some private time together, we were often exposed in public by
the media, where my parents expected all four children to conduct themselves
politely to all people we met, .....and we met many.
Looking back on that experience of 50 years ago, I realize how fortunate we
were to be the First Family of Florida for 6 years. Today, Florida has MANY
more people than back then, and it is getting larger by the day. The state
still needs dedicated public servants as it did then. Hopefully this school
project will incline you to consider such a career eventually.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask. I have been through
your hometown many times, and consider it one of a select number of
Florida's most picturesque. Protect it well. /s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.